coronavirus update indiaas on : 14 July 2020 04:26 GMT+5:30
COVID-19 Outbreak: Delhi Panel's "Only Residents In Hospitals" Advice,Amid Virus Spike
Delhi, with around 26,334 cases and over 700 deaths, is the third worst-hit state in the country
COVID-19 Outbreak: Delhi Panel's "Only Residents In Hospitals" Advice, Amid Virus Spike
New Delhi: An expert from the Arvind Kejriwal government has recommended that Delhi's health infrastructure should be reserved for residents during the coronavirus pandemic, amid a spurt of virus cases in the national capital, says the sources.
All the beds in hospitals in Delhi will be occupied in three days if non-residents with coronavirus are allowed, it said.
The panel headed by the Indraprastha University vice-chancellor, Dr. Mahesh Verma, has submitted its report to the government.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier this week had sought public opinion on whether Delhi hospitals should be barred for those coming from outside for treatment. The five-member expert panel is formed and has advised it on augmenting the national capital's health infrastructure and overall preparedness to tackle the pandemic.
The other members of the panel are Dr. Sunil Kumar, the medical director of GTB Hospital; Dr Arun Gupta, president of Delhi Medical Council; Dr RK Gupta, former president of Delhi Medical Association; and Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, the group medical director of Max Hospital.
Delhi is the third worst-hit state in the country with around 26,334 cases and over 700 deaths after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. In the past few days, it has been reporting over a thousand cases daily.
Delhi on Friday reported 1,330 fresh coronavirus cases. On June 3, it had recorded its worst tally 1,513 cases.
On Saturday Mr. Kejriwal said there is no shortage of beds for critical coronavirus patients in Delhi and no one showing symptoms should be turned away.
Mr.Kejriwal also said that "Some hospitals are denying admission to COVID-19 patients. I am warning those who think they will be able to do black-marketing of beds using the influence of their protectors from other parties, you will not be spared,"
"Please allow a few days for us to sort this out. We will investigate and take action against those who are refusing patients even when beds are available... Some are involved in black-marketing of beds," the Chief Minister said.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader said that the healthcare system in the national capital will, however, the collapse of thousands of asymptomatic people queued up for testing.Mr. Kejriwal said that testing should be for only those who show symptoms to avoid overrunning the healthcare system's capacity to treat people.
The center later allowed restaurants, malls, and religious places from June 8 under what it called "Unlock 1". It had also allowed intra and inter-state movement of people and goods.
Last Month, Mr. Kejriwal had said that Delhi was prepared to deal with the virus as it has enough beds in hospitals. He also had demanded from the center that the coronavirus lockdown be eased.